What is the purpose of this qualification?
It is anticipated that this qualification will be of specific relevance to:
• Young people interested in a career in the sport and active leisure sector who intend to access level 2 qualifications or a level 2 apprenticeship but need a fairly extensive learning programme at level 1 before they will be ready to access level 2
• Young people and adults, including those who have had a significant break from or disjointed experience of education, who wish to work in the sport and active leisure sector but need a fairly extensive grounding in the subject and an opportunity to develop more general workplace skills over an extended period before applying for work
What skills, knowledge, or understanding does this qualification develop?
This qualification provides a wide range of introductory skills, as well as core knowledge, relevant to sport and active leisure, alongside generic employability skills which are needed both in the sport and active leisure sector and across other sectors. Mandatory units include:
• Working in Sport and Active Leisure
• Taking part in Exercise and Fitness
Optional units include knowledge and skills relevant to different job roles in the sector (such as risk assessment, assisting at a sport or active leisure event, working with different people in sport, working with children in sport and active leisure,) alongside generic employability skills (such as time-management and solving work-related problems, working in a team, positive attitudes and behaviours at work).
How is this qualification different from other, similar qualifications?
This qualification is part of a suite which includes an Award, Certificate and Diploma.
Learners should take the Certificate if they need an extended introduction to the sector
including the opportunity to build up a range of skills and knowledge, explore a number
of potential job roles and career pathways in the sector, and gain a set of more generic
workplace skills. The Diploma will be suitable for learners who would benefit from an
extended period of time working at level 1, up to 2 years, before progressing to
employment or to a level 2 qualification or apprenticeship.
Which sector does this qualification support?
This qualification could lead to an entry-level role in sport and active leisure such as
fitness instructor assistant, children’s sports leader, leisure centre assistant.
What are the progression options?
Learners can progress to a Level 2 certificate or diploma in Sport and Active Leisure, including Gateway Qualifications’ Level 2 Certificate and Diploma in Skills for Sport and Active Leisure and other Level 2 qualifications such as Sports Coaching, Sports Fitness, Sports Leadership.
Progression & Entry Requirements
You do not need any prior qualifications or a specific level of attainment to take this qualification. It is available to learners of any age.